Education, Empowerment, and the HM (oh, and a $100 giveaway!)

I (The DHM) grew up in a home that valued education- not just formal education, but learning as a lifelong pursuit that adds joy and purpose to one’s life anywhere.  In my life with my husband and children, I have tried to continue to make that philosophy part of everything we do, whether we are snorkeling in the East China Sea, visiting an art museum in Chicago, eating out at a restaurant in Denver,  or reading books in our living room near the place where my great, great, great grandparents settled after the War of 1812, because learning is something you take with you no matter where you are.

 

While this post, and the giveaway, are sponsored by Kaplan and BlogHer, we are delighted at how perfectly this subject is tailored for our blog and our family. We were asked to interview a family member about how pursuing education has given them the power to change. As many of our readers know, the HM has recently gone back to school, pursuing a graduate degree in special needs education. This comes after an enlisted career in the Air Force and nearly eight years working (hard, mind you) in the retail grocery business. This going back to school thing has been a big step for him and we couldn’t be prouder of our lovable patriarch. Listening to what he has to say barely counts as a blog assignment and is more of a pleasure. :)

 

Grandpa reading paper

 

So, Without further ado, we present you with some of the Q & A’s we posed to him.

 

Q: How have you identified your vision and strengths? What are you passionate about? How have you stayed motivated through challenges?

A: The HM grew up with a father who was almost always emotionally and physically absent and although his vision has “evolved, by necessity, through time and education,” he also always knew that he wanted to be as different from his paternal example as possible. He says his strengths are “a passion for children given by his grandmother and great-grandmother.” In adulthood, this translated to learning about leadership. “I keep motivated through challenges by keeping my eye on the vision of having a good effect on as many people as possible,” he says. With his current endeavors, this means needing to update his skills, both technologically (classrooms are a wee different now than when he was in high school) and educationally (see the last question in the interview!)

 

Q: How have you spotted and capitalized on new opportunities?

A: “I’ve always tried to keep an eye on the goal and to look for new opportunities to work with my passions.” <– His family can attest to the veracity of this statement. This is a man who fervently believes every day is full of opportunities for self-improvement (well, actually, it’s sort of a family raison d’état) and better relationships.   Speaking of relationships….

 

Q: How have you used your network as a resource for educational advice, support, and industry knowledge?

A: “I met the principal I currently work for while substitute teaching; the principal knew my mother-in-law, another substitute teacher. Then the special needs teacher I work with as an aide suggested that I meet with the professor at a local college to see about furthering my education in the field. That teacher has continued to prove an excellent resource for networking. Multiple educators at church have given me advice on how to pursue my goal, and I’ve continued to make connections ever since.” (whew! that’s a lot of networking!)

 

Q: Have you developed a plan for lifelong learning? How do you keep up on the trends?

A: “Developed is the wrong word,” he says, “I want to capture all the knowledge I can.” He believes learning is a lifelong endeavor, an endeavor worth sticking to both for its intrinsic value and the way it helps build his value in whatever organization he happens to be working for (the military, the USAF, or the local public school). As for trends, with his new studies and work in special education, he had this to say: “‘trends’ are always changing, so why follow every one? Stick to what works best for the kids.” And you’ll never really know what’s best for the kids unless you study, right? :)

 

As for trends, with his new studies and work in special education, he had this to say: “‘trends’ are always changing, so why follow every one? Stick to what works best for the kids.”  And you’ll never really know what’s best for the kids unless you study, right? Incidentally, this fits so very well with my own view of education, which is probably one reason why our marriage has been going steady for 30 years. As long time readers of our blog know, I believe the best education happens when a student is motivated, has developed habits of learning, and does not have to be limited to traditional school hours or ages. It’s also one of the reason I like Charlotte Mason’s philosophy of education, as she also believed firmly in continued habits of self-learning and self-discipline.

 

So. There are a few words about education and learning from the HM… but we would love to hear from you too! If you’d like to be entered for a chance to win a $100 Visa gift card, please leave a comment with your answer to this question: How has education given you the power to change? (consider it your own interview question; I really do look forward to all your responses!) Everyone who responds will be automatically entered into a random drawing for a $100 Visa gift card. Good luck… and happy learning!

 

Change is inevitable. But, making change happen when you want it to can be hard. And when you want to make a real change, you need to learn something new. Because education is the key to change, Kaplan has spent 75 years re-writing the rules of education. Because they believe that education is not one size fits all. A system focused on the needs of individuals can give students the power to change their lives. Kaplan wasn’t satisfied with the status quo, and you shouldn’t be either. To jumpstart your change, we encourage you to watch Kaplan’s video series, Visionary Voices, to hear the latest insights on emerging trends from notable thought leaders; participate in Kaplan’s ADVANCE: Career. Education. You. group on LinkedIn to connect with professionals committed to life-long learning; and connect with students, alumni and educational professionals at StudentAdvisor.com, Kaplan’s one-stop-shop for the latest education news, reviews, and advice.

 

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119 Comments

  1. Posted March 7, 2013 at 6:21 am | Permalink

    Hmmmm. That’s a hundred dollar question, and I’m not worth a dime at that kind of prompt. Education has given me the power to change by…um…

    Actually, the fear of the Lord, which is the beginning of knowledge (education), and turning the Jesus for mercy is what gives me the power to change. Cheating on the intent of the question? Yeah, probably. But I did answer it. ;-)

  2. Posted March 7, 2013 at 7:47 am | Permalink

    How has education given me the power to change? My life experiences over the past year have showed me a whole new world that I have never seen before. Those experiences showed me a different culture and the needs of people with special needs. Because I learned a little and because I have grown to love those people with special needs, I have begun a course of studies in order to become an occupational therapist. With the knowledge I gain as an occupational therapist, I hope to promote further change in one particular developing country that has become very dear to my heart.

  3. celina
    Posted March 7, 2013 at 8:01 am | Permalink

    It has allowed my views to evolve and change. What was once rigid in my mind (pro choice for example) , further study and information and time and wisdom has put me in the ther camp of pro life. Once where i KNEW certain things to be fact, i saw the errors. Learning that you can still be wrong, is always humbling and has always made me search and even keep searching for answers. Having an aspergers daughter who comes up with the most unique questions and view points has make research our best friend to be able to answer and help her with her own quests.

  4. Posted March 7, 2013 at 8:11 am | Permalink
  5. Posted March 7, 2013 at 9:08 am | Permalink

    In theory, my formal education has brought better job opportunities, although all the education in the world can’t change the realities of the job market, so I pray, work part-time, volunteer, and wait. I’m learning to trust God, which is never a bad thing.

    The education that has brought about the most change in my life is the education I receive from God through His Word and through the Holy Spirit. If I’m not learning from Him and changing my ways to be more like His ways and my thoughts to be more like His thoughts, then any earthly education is more or less worthless. (What profit is it if one gains the whole world but loses his soul?)

    But when I consider my non-spiritual education*, I think first of all the books I have read. I think that it’s C. S. Lewis who said that we should read old books, because every generation has blind spots in their ideology, and if we read widely, we can correct any number of our own blind spots. Through education, I have learned to think more critically about ideas and beliefs and to not just accept what anyone throws at me as being a good idea. So ultimately education has given me the power to change my mind (in the sense of renewal, not indecision).

    *Actually, that’s really poor phrasing. I suspect that all education is spiritual, because everything we take in, whether it is good or bad, has an impact on our mind and our soul and how we choose to live our lives before God. Plus, if as I say at the end of the paragraph, all good education contributes to the renewing of our minds in one way or another, then “spiritual” and “non-spiritual” education becomes the same thing.

    (Sorry, that got really long really fast. I could probably write a book on education, I have so many opinions about it.)

  6. Kelly D
    Posted March 7, 2013 at 9:20 am | Permalink

    Education has given me the power to change because after attaining my MBA, many doors were opened in the workplace. This allowed me to move up within my career (which I will eventually return to) and have my ideas and opinions heard.

  7. Kelly D
    Posted March 7, 2013 at 9:21 am | Permalink
  8. Sheila
    Posted March 7, 2013 at 10:08 am | Permalink

    My (formal) education gave me the power to make choices in my life. I was able to choose part-time employment which allowed me more time with my kids, while still being paid very well. Life education is a whole different story, and I feel I’m still at the elementary level there.

  9. Posted March 7, 2013 at 10:21 am | Permalink

    Education has given me the power to change by opening my eyes to other ways my life might play out. My formal education (in public schools, then a public university, then a graduate program) brought me along the neat-and-tidy path of the overachiever that is bound for a happy and successful career. But my informal education–spiritual reading and church attendance–opened my eyes to something more. And here I find myself homeschooling with six small children. I would not have conceived of this life possibility on my own–it was completely off my radar! I was only opened to that through informal education.

  10. Mami2jcn
    Posted March 7, 2013 at 12:24 pm | Permalink

    Even though I’m a stay at home mom now, I am really proud of the undergraduate and graduate degrees I earned. I think it sets a good example for my children to follow.

  11. Mami2jcn
    Posted March 7, 2013 at 12:35 pm | Permalink

    tweet–https://twitter.com/mami2jcn/status/309718776100831234

  12. Ellie W
    Posted March 7, 2013 at 1:59 pm | Permalink

    I was pregnant with my third son while finishing my first semester of college courses. I thought it was important to finish no matter how hard it was at the time. It helped me get a good job afterward getting my degree and give my kids a better life

  13. Ellie W
    Posted March 7, 2013 at 1:59 pm | Permalink
  14. Marijo
    Posted March 7, 2013 at 2:38 pm | Permalink

    Education itself has changed me, and each bit (what is a unit of education?) I have gained has enabled me to gain more. I love learning and desire to continue learning. My husband is one class away from completing his Master’s Degree. We occasionally kick around the idea of me returning to school to advance beyond the Associates I earned before getting married. I home school our six children, and that continues to educate me. I know myself to be a better person, in many areas of life, for having undergone a rigorous, if brief, course in liberal arts, and for constantly reading more.

  15. Joy
    Posted March 7, 2013 at 2:44 pm | Permalink

    Education has given me the power to change by allowing me to learn more about the world around me. The more I learn about history and language and science and other areas of study, the more my mind and heart and spirit are enlarged so that I can choose differently than if I was unable to see all of the various avenues of growth available to me as a child of God and as a human being. I am also able to then turn around and help others to grow and mature as well, starting with my own children and also in my community.

  16. harmonyl
    Posted March 7, 2013 at 3:01 pm | Permalink

    Education has the power to change the direction of a family. Not too many generations back, my ancestors were illiterate. None of my great-grandparents had more than high school educations. All four of my grandparents went to college, and my parents both have advanced degrees. Now we have the ability through open courseware and public domain books to give ourselves and our children not just a utilitarian education (which can be important), but also a broad, liberal education that will enrich their minds and feed their souls.

  17. Lisa Beth W.
    Posted March 7, 2013 at 3:01 pm | Permalink

    When I was younger, post-secondary education gave me the power to escape from the mould of the person who I was and who people expected me to be after 18 years spent in a small town and a small-town school. It also gave me the knowledge that I could do on my own what I had been propped up in beforehand, so that changed my view of myself. I also learned that professors are not always right and to trust my own knowledge of the truth gained through my own study and of those whom I trusted, so that changed the way I viewed authority figures.

    Nowadays, education in God’s Word and also about His world helps me to understand my place in this world and keep on the path of obedience and trust in Him. I am empowered to change/help/bless what I can in the place where God has put me and in the lives of the people He has given me, whether in my home, my neighborhood, or in the other places He has shown me where I can make a difference for good.

  18. Elena
    Posted March 7, 2013 at 3:06 pm | Permalink

    My education gives me an opportunity to have a flexible work schedule and spend more time with my family.

  19. Elena
    Posted March 7, 2013 at 3:07 pm | Permalink
  20. stephanie
    Posted March 7, 2013 at 3:40 pm | Permalink

    i did not go to college im a stay at home mom but i did wanna go back to school

  21. stephanie
    Posted March 7, 2013 at 3:45 pm | Permalink
  22. Posted March 7, 2013 at 4:25 pm | Permalink

    Having a college education helped me see how large the world truly is. I’ve met lots of people who have never been anywhere but home, never talked to anybody except at home, and by default, their tools for seeing and understanding the world are limited. So because I was able to travel and learn and see new things, I am motivated to do what I can in my little corner to influence the world–through the people I come across, through educating my children, through teaching Bible classes, even through the voting process.

  23. Janice Cooper
    Posted March 7, 2013 at 4:44 pm | Permalink

    Education has given me the power to change by learning how to interact with co-workers, agents, and management due to my job. I’ve had the pleasure to work in the same industry for 20 years. In fact my first professional job paid for my college degree in Business Management.

  24. Janice Cooper
    Posted March 7, 2013 at 4:45 pm | Permalink
  25. DMartin
    Posted March 8, 2013 at 9:20 am | Permalink

    I would say that the more I learn, the more adaptable I become.

    I taught highschool english to homeschoolers for four years. I quit as I was becoming tired of kids who didn’t care. But of late, having been reading about Charlotte Mason, I’ve been itching to try again. And I am currently reading Aristotle’s Politics with my two baby sisters, looking to teach a full scale English class to the youngest one next year.

    When I first read about puff pastry, I thought “too much work to be worth while.” But a few years later I was ready to try. And found it quite doable.

    Many people ignorantly point me to bobbin lace. All I will say is I am not interested. At this time. Seventy minimum bobbins? Sounds like a headache to me. But who knows. Maybe when I don’t have littles, I’ll think differently. And I think learning has made me recognize that I may think differently about specifics later.

    (my apologies. I can’t seem to figure out how to scroll down and delete below.)

    Currently I have an addiction to knitting. Many people ignkrantly point me to bobbin lace.

  26. Susan Smith
    Posted March 9, 2013 at 2:04 pm | Permalink

    My education empowered me to make choices, which definitely changed my life. I have chosen to stay home with my children now and when they are older and in school I can choose to work part or full time. I have more choices with the education I have.

  27. Posted March 9, 2013 at 10:38 pm | Permalink

    It helps me to explore my world

  28. Shannon
    Posted March 10, 2013 at 7:43 am | Permalink

    If education is learning, I’ve learned that accepting His power is where change really happens in my life.

  29. Jessie C.
    Posted March 11, 2013 at 12:29 am | Permalink

    Higher education has given me more choices of life and work, I am able to do what I love while earning the living.

  30. Jessie C.
    Posted March 11, 2013 at 12:29 am | Permalink
  31. Posted March 11, 2013 at 2:15 pm | Permalink

    My education has given me the power to change, because it started me on a whole life of learning. “There is no education but self-education,” but what my parents did when I was young is what started me in that direction. :)

  32. Jessica To
    Posted March 11, 2013 at 4:14 pm | Permalink

    My education has allowed for me to provide for my son and I in a way I couldn’t without it.

  33. Lisa Brown
    Posted March 11, 2013 at 5:32 pm | Permalink

    Higher education, and my business degree, opened many doors for me and opportunities, which allowed me much personal growth and change.
    jslbrown_03 at yahoo dot com

  34. Lisa Brown
    Posted March 11, 2013 at 5:33 pm | Permalink

    2nd entry tweet – https://twitter.com/LuLu_Brown24/status/311243338915397632
    jslbrown_03 at yahoo dot com

  35. Jessie C.
    Posted March 12, 2013 at 2:23 pm | Permalink

    Higher education has given me more choices of life and work, I am able to do what I love while earning the living.
    tcarolinep at gmail dot com

  36. rachel
    Posted March 13, 2013 at 8:37 am | Permalink

    Education opens up so many doors — it’s becoming a necessity in today’s world!

  37. Merle M
    Posted March 13, 2013 at 4:13 pm | Permalink

    my engineer degree helped me find a better job

  38. Merle M
    Posted March 13, 2013 at 4:14 pm | Permalink
  39. Susan Smith
    Posted March 13, 2013 at 6:09 pm | Permalink
  40. Posted March 17, 2013 at 1:24 pm | Permalink

    Education gives me the power to realize that I have talent and that I can stick to something so I’m not afraid to try new things. :-) Thanks for a chance to win and have a great day!
    kmassmanATgmailDOTcom

  41. Wild Orchid
    Posted March 19, 2013 at 9:38 am | Permalink

    Having an education took me from being a secretary to an accountant! It really gives you a chance to boost your career and definitely gave me more options.

    Thanks for the chance to win!

    wildorchid985 @ gmail dot com

  42. Wild Orchid
    Posted March 19, 2013 at 9:38 am | Permalink

    tweet–https://twitter.com/WildOrchid985/status/314023105683152896

  43. sandra
    Posted March 21, 2013 at 6:43 am | Permalink

    education has given me the self-confidence to try for the top

  44. Cynthia C
    Posted March 21, 2013 at 7:32 am | Permalink

    The knowledge I have gained from getting an education has satisfied my curiosity and given me the tools to attain lifetime goals of career and financial independence.

  45. Cynthia C
    Posted March 21, 2013 at 7:35 am | Permalink
  46. sarah hirsch
    Posted March 22, 2013 at 8:22 am | Permalink

    my education has given me a great foundation. i feel strong and able to make great decisions, as well as make persuasive arguments if i need to convince others along my path to change

  47. Rebecca Graham
    Posted March 23, 2013 at 3:40 am | Permalink

    Education gave me the power to change my lifestyle and make good choices in my life.

  48. Rebecca Graham
    Posted March 23, 2013 at 3:42 am | Permalink
  49. Maria Cantu
    Posted March 24, 2013 at 12:21 am | Permalink

    Education has given me the chance for a better job.

  50. Tamar
    Posted March 24, 2013 at 3:39 pm | Permalink

    my education has gotten me inspired to go into a field i love and have been extremely successful at!!!

  51. Stephanie V.
    Posted March 24, 2013 at 9:35 pm | Permalink

    Education (and putting myself through undergrad at UC Berkeley and graduate school) is the whole reason I have a career, am confident and diverse, and can lead my family and career in forward motions — to change whenever life demands it!
    tvollowitz at aol dot com

  52. Robin M.
    Posted March 26, 2013 at 2:37 pm | Permalink

    Knowledge is something that cannot be taken away from you!

  53. nannypanpan
    Posted March 27, 2013 at 11:32 am | Permalink

    it gave me the ability to walk into job interviews knowing i know my stuff and have a degree to back it and that i can aim high
    nannypanpan@gmail.com

  54. Adrienne Gordon
    Posted March 27, 2013 at 12:21 pm | Permalink

    It allows me to be able to run my own business successfully.

  55. ky2here
    Posted March 27, 2013 at 1:37 pm | Permalink

    My education taught me about different cultures. This allowed me to drop my prejudices.

  56. ky2here
    Posted March 27, 2013 at 1:38 pm | Permalink
  57. Solducky
    Posted March 27, 2013 at 1:52 pm | Permalink

    Education has given me the power to change by exposing me to many people from very different backgrounds and lifestyles, with differing viewpoints, and helped me learn how to not just coexist with them but be in community with them as well.

  58. Margaret Smith
    Posted March 27, 2013 at 5:10 pm | Permalink

    Education has given me the confidence to look for a better job.

  59. Debbie B
    Posted March 27, 2013 at 11:31 pm | Permalink

    its’s given me a great job that i love for almost 26 years!

  60. Debbie B
    Posted March 27, 2013 at 11:32 pm | Permalink
  61. Mary Calabrese
    Posted March 28, 2013 at 9:57 am | Permalink

    My education has lead me to my current job where I help thousands of college students finance their educations.

    ighmeg at yahoo dot com

  62. Susan Ladd
    Posted March 28, 2013 at 12:24 pm | Permalink

    Education is a must to get a good paying job in this job market these day. I want to thank you for this awesome sweep and hope to win :) Thanks !!!

  63. sy
    Posted March 28, 2013 at 4:56 pm | Permalink

    I was able to move to the us because of the job I got because of my education, I like having flexible hours and working in front of a computer, I’m very thankful of the education I got.
    songyueyu at gmail

  64. sy
    Posted March 28, 2013 at 4:58 pm | Permalink
  65. patricia skinner
    Posted March 28, 2013 at 5:10 pm | Permalink

    Education never stops. Life keeps changing and being educated helps you deal with the Unexpected changes in your life. I am battling MS. I would never have wanted that particular change in my life but with education and the ability to research, reason and effectively try out new ideas keeps me in the battle of this dreaded illness. I hope to Win.

  66. Linda Lansford
    Posted March 28, 2013 at 5:20 pm | Permalink

    Education allowed me to have a career

  67. Lynn
    Posted March 28, 2013 at 7:50 pm | Permalink

    Both of my parents are immigrants. I am a first generation college student studying healthcare. I hope to change the world by helping patients get better and providing for my parents so they can have the retirement they deserve.

  68. mickeyfan
    Posted March 28, 2013 at 10:08 pm | Permalink

    I work in an industry (insurance) that is constantly changing and unless you keep yourself educated about those changes, you will be left behind.

  69. Posted March 28, 2013 at 11:26 pm | Permalink

    My social work degree gives me the power to help others change their lives.
    Thanks! Janna JOhnson jannajanna@hotmail.com janna@feedyourpig on gfc

  70. anash
    Posted March 29, 2013 at 1:18 am | Permalink

    Education has given me the power to adapt to the changing landscape of the workforce which is less manufacturing and more computer know how.

  71. anash
    Posted March 29, 2013 at 1:24 am | Permalink

    Tweeted:
    https://twitter.com/anashct3/status/317522106172731392
    Thanks for the chance to win!
    email: anashct1 [at] yahoo [dot] com

  72. Posted March 29, 2013 at 2:13 am | Permalink

    I’ve personally used education of both psychology and biology to help others who suffer with my condition, Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS). On the surface it doesn’t sound like much, but it’s very disabling, and it’s messed with the social facets of my life for 12 years. Just last year I was stuck at home for 6 months straight because the symptoms were so awful. After conquering that relapse, I setup a hotline for IBS sufferers like myself. I’ve read just about everything made available to the public about the disorder for both physical and mental cases. I do my best to utilize what I’ve learned in the past from classes and what I’m still learning today to help others cope and mend their lives.

  73. Posted March 29, 2013 at 2:15 am | Permalink

    And I have tweeted about this posting- https://twitter.com/Bobbatron808/status/317535358533398529
    Twitter handle @Bobbatron808

  74. Posted March 29, 2013 at 11:48 am | Permalink

    I grew up in a small town in WV and was very sheltered as a kid. I thought that my world was how everyone lived. College taught me that my world was the exception not the rule and how to respect others’ worlds as just as valued as my own.

  75. Posted March 29, 2013 at 11:48 am | Permalink
  76. Tamar
    Posted March 29, 2013 at 4:32 pm | Permalink

    Education has empowered me to be my own boss and succeed.

  77. Sean
    Posted March 29, 2013 at 9:26 pm | Permalink

    I was the first in my family to get a college education, and I am so glad I did. I was formerly a spec. ed. teacher and now a school psychologist. Without higher education, I would not have the opportunity to work at a job I love. I get to inspire kids everyday. Life is good.

    seanm 1999 at hotmail dot com

  78. Erica Best
    Posted March 30, 2013 at 3:16 pm | Permalink

    I LOVE UR BLOG higher leaning can be the best thing u do for u and ur family

  79. Erica Best
    Posted March 30, 2013 at 3:17 pm | Permalink
  80. Kenny F
    Posted March 30, 2013 at 3:46 pm | Permalink

    help people out

  81. Kenny F
    Posted March 30, 2013 at 3:47 pm | Permalink
  82. Derk Thomas
    Posted March 30, 2013 at 3:57 pm | Permalink

    Makes you think analytically and become organized and learn how to budget your time.

  83. Sarah L
    Posted March 30, 2013 at 4:19 pm | Permalink

    At age 64 I continue to take classes and learn new things. Lately it’s been about essential oils and gardening.
    Thanks for the contest.

  84. Sarah L
    Posted March 30, 2013 at 4:25 pm | Permalink
  85. Posted March 30, 2013 at 7:29 pm | Permalink

    I’m in a great profession and feel I have job security.

  86. Posted March 30, 2013 at 7:31 pm | Permalink
  87. CharityS
    Posted March 30, 2013 at 10:30 pm | Permalink

    A career in Information Technology.

  88. Brenda Elsner
    Posted March 30, 2013 at 10:55 pm | Permalink

    Education has opened up many doors and opportunities for me. It has also helped me gain self-respect and to be more dependent.

  89. Kayla
    Posted March 30, 2013 at 10:56 pm | Permalink

    It has given me the ability to pursue a dream I had since I was 7.

  90. Laurie Emerson
    Posted March 30, 2013 at 11:01 pm | Permalink

    Education gave me the confidence in myself that I could overcome any obstacle, especially as I am Dyslexic and always felt as if I were the stupidest person in the world.

  91. ANGEL JACKLYN
    Posted March 30, 2013 at 11:05 pm | Permalink

    It has given me motivation into areas of interest I would have never considered before!

  92. ANGEL JACKLYN
    Posted March 30, 2013 at 11:05 pm | Permalink
  93. jen gersch
    Posted March 31, 2013 at 4:23 am | Permalink

    education has given me opportunities I would never have had otherwise and I landed a job in social work

  94. Kirsten
    Posted March 31, 2013 at 8:50 am | Permalink

    I was lost and had no goals. College gave me some control back to my life and helped my self-esteem.

  95. Kirsten
    Posted March 31, 2013 at 8:52 am | Permalink
  96. Posted March 31, 2013 at 10:55 am | Permalink

    Having a master’s in accounting and a CPA has opened up many career options for me.

  97. Alison M.
    Posted March 31, 2013 at 11:19 am | Permalink

    My education has advanced me to the next level at my career.

  98. Carolyn Daley
    Posted March 31, 2013 at 11:41 am | Permalink

    I think having an education shows how committed and dedicated you are in succeeding. There are many places that would like applicants to either have prior work experience or good knowledge of how things work prior to being hired. If you are knowledgeable in a field and dedicated to learning it shows how motivated you are to succeed.

  99. Nancy
    Posted March 31, 2013 at 1:34 pm | Permalink

    Education has opened many doors for me. It also gave me the confidence to strike out on my own and know that I will always be able to support myself.

  100. Pauline M
    Posted March 31, 2013 at 2:01 pm | Permalink

    I didn’t take the easy way of obtaining my college education, but my company was really supportive, paid most of my tuition and allowed me to attend toward the end during work hours. It’s allowed me the ability to get some increases in pay and promotions into management positions. As a single mom, it’s great knowing that I can support my family on my own.

  101. Shirley Zolenski
    Posted March 31, 2013 at 2:50 pm | Permalink

    My education has given me the power to have choices at many different jobs

  102. cassandra
    Posted March 31, 2013 at 3:07 pm | Permalink

    EDucation is empowering and gives you confidence to achieve goals and truly be your best

  103. heather c
    Posted March 31, 2013 at 4:12 pm | Permalink

    With an ongoing education, I find that I’m never too old for an epiphany! Those are pretty exciting, and I look forward to them.

  104. Gianna
    Posted March 31, 2013 at 4:13 pm | Permalink

    It helped me be more organized.

  105. heather c
    Posted March 31, 2013 at 4:13 pm | Permalink
  106. Nicole Larsen
    Posted March 31, 2013 at 5:10 pm | Permalink

    Education has given me power to be a veterinary technician. I am a stay at home mom now but attended college for a vet tech, so if i choose to go back I can!

  107. Nicole Larsen
    Posted March 31, 2013 at 5:22 pm | Permalink
  108. Tabathia B
    Posted March 31, 2013 at 6:26 pm | Permalink

    It gave me the power of stability

    tbarrettno1 at gmail dot com

  109. Tabathia B
    Posted March 31, 2013 at 6:33 pm | Permalink

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    https://twitter.com/ChelleB36/status/318505964816973829

    tbarrettno1 at gmail dot com

  110. Katharina
    Posted March 31, 2013 at 6:57 pm | Permalink

    Education has given me the power to change because it gives me the
    self confidence that I never had before. Great feeling!
    Katharina angelsandmusic[at]gmail[dot]com

  111. Amanda Sakovitz
    Posted March 31, 2013 at 7:15 pm | Permalink

    I’m going to school now to be a rad tech. It’s a two year program and its hard, I’m not going to lie. Thankfully I graduate in May but I’ve gotten to know myself better during this program than I ever have before and I think its made me stronger and a little more confident.

    pokergrl8 at gmail.com

  112. Amanda Sakovitz
    Posted March 31, 2013 at 7:17 pm | Permalink
  113. joni
    Posted March 31, 2013 at 9:18 pm | Permalink

    Education gave me the options for my future. Although I didn’t use it the way I intended.
    dolniaks at consolidated dot net

  114. joni
    Posted March 31, 2013 at 9:31 pm | Permalink
  115. Thomas Murphy
    Posted March 31, 2013 at 9:46 pm | Permalink

    education has opened the door to many unexpected opportunities for me.

    rounder9834 @yahoo.com

  116. Thomas Murphy
    Posted March 31, 2013 at 9:50 pm | Permalink
  117. Jill H
    Posted March 31, 2013 at 10:55 pm | Permalink

    Education gave me the opportunity to get a higher paying job when I got out of school

  118. Stacey B
    Posted April 1, 2013 at 2:59 pm | Permalink

    Education has given me the power to provide better for my family. It has also given me general knowledge and confidence that I use in every day life

  119. Posted April 1, 2013 at 8:06 pm | Permalink

    A little hard work and a lot of education is how I managed to climb out of the trailer park and into a beautiful home.

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